So remember when I said I wasn’t going to publish Tearing Honor in ebook form? Apparently I’m a liar. At this point, I feel more guilty than anything. I still don’t believe in ebooks, but there was enough demand for my book in ebook form that I thought I should at least accommodate for my readers. I realized that as a new author, I should give people the opportunity to read my writing without having to commit to a paperback. I should at least allow a nice preview of my writing so that people can decide whether or not I’m worth buying paperbacks from. And who am I kidding, trying to develop a reader base on paperbacks when ebooks are what’s hot right now? Some of you prefer ebooks, while others (like myself) prefer paperbacks. That doesn’t mean I have to keep you from obtaining a copy of my book in ebook form because I don’t like them.
Then there’s me feeling guilty for publishing an ebook version because I’m concerned people will be upset that they purchased my paperback book at $9, when they could’ve had it at $1.25 just 2 months after the paperback release. I reassured a few people that I would not be releasing an ebook. Darn me convincing myself and others that I would not partake in ebook publishing. I can’t help that the cost varies between print and ebooks. I absolutely did not publish my ebook later on to rip anyone off. I’m doing it for international readers (who wouldn’t have been able to obtain my paperback edition) and for those who don’t know me well enough to commit to buying a paperback. I hope people are understanding about this. I suppose I can’t please everyone.
I also want you all to know that I have looked into pirating of ebooks, and though it happens at times, it really isn’t as likely for someone who isn’t well known. And if I were well known, people may be pirating it left and right. If that were the case, I’d be selling so many copies that it wouldn’t even matter. I’m not saying I don’t value my book – I absolutely do. You know I do because my main concerns were about people stealing my book or seeing it as less valuable because it was an ebook. But I have overcome those concerns with some reading (particularly from Susan Bischoff’s Blog and Catherine Ryan Howard’s Blog) from fellow authors.
I hope I haven’t disappointed any of you for going against my own beliefs. But know that I didn’t throw myself in blindly. I did my reading.